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Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 5:50 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The family never intended to do any home renovations, correct?

Did they use "home renovations" as an excuse to tear open the walls to get the money, knowing that their neighbors, who were doing renovations, wouldn't think it at all unusual? And so they could pass off the money as a lucky find, instead of admitting that they had suspected (or known) that it was there?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 6:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 05:50 am:

The family never intended to do any home renovations, correct? whether they did or not is irrelevant. Assume that they did not.

Did they use "home renovations" as an excuse to tear open the walls to get the money, knowing that their neighbors, who were doing renovations, wouldn't think it at all unusual? not this kind of thing And so they could pass off the money as a lucky find, instead of admitting that they had suspected (or known) that it was there? but this kind of thing is rather more like it :)
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 6:48 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the family always suspect that there was hidden money in their house? Did they know it for a fact? If the money was declared as stolen, were there legal issues - as in did they have to return the money to the rightful owner?
Could they legally keep the money if they 'found' it in their house?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 6:59 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 06:48 am:

Did the family always suspect that there was hidden money in their house? no Did they know it for a fact? eventually, yes If the money was declared as stolen, were there legal issues - as in did they have to return the money to the rightful owner? not this kind of thing
Could they legally keep the money if they 'found' it in their house? strictly speaking no, but for practical purposes yes
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 7:08 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the story about the thief and the money in the news? Did everyone in street know about the money? Did anyone in the family know the thief? Anyone from the street?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 12:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 07:08 am:


Was the story about the thief and the money in the news? yes, but may mislead Did everyone in street know about the money? no Did anyone in the family know the thief? no Anyone from the street? no
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 6:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Do we need to figure out more about the thief? About the theft and why he left the money at the family's place? Was the thief being chased by the cops when he entered the family's house?
Was the family at home when the thief left the money in their place? Were they out on a holiday?
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 7:44 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the thief steal the money from the other houses?
Did he put up the wallpaper?
Did he get in through a door or window which had been left open to let out the smell of wallpaper paste?
Was he in the family's house when he died?
Was he suffocated by the fumes from the paste?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 7:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 06:53 pm:

Do we need to figure out more about the thief? not really About the theft and why he left the money at the family's place? yes Was the thief being chased by the cops when he entered the family's house? yes, indeed
Was the family at home when the thief left the money in their place? yes Were they out on a holiday? no
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 8:12 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the family know that the thief entered their house? Was the thief in there for a long time - did he have enough time to hide all the money? Was the money inside the wall? Is it relevant where exactly (in the house) this wall is?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 8:31 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 08:12 pm:

Did the family know that the thief entered their house? yes Was the thief in there for a long time no - did he have enough time to hide all the money? but yes Was the money inside the wall? in a manner of speaking Is it relevant where exactly (in the house) this wall is? no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 8:37 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

07:44 pm please :)
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 8:45 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he leave behind a framed paiting/photo? (My imagination seems to be running out - where else could he have hidden the money)
Would re-laying wallpaper expose where the money was?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 9:35 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 07:44 pm:

07:44 pm please sorry :(

Did the thief steal the money from the other houses? no
Did he put up the wallpaper? no
Did he get in through a door or window which had been left open to let out the smell of wallpaper paste? no, but this is getting close to the right forest
Was he in the family's house when he died? no
Was he suffocated by the fumes from the paste? no, but good thinking

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 08:45 pm:

Did he leave behind a framed paiting/photo? no (My imagination seems to be running out - where else could he have hidden the money) it doesn't matter very much at all where he hid it
Would re-laying wallpaper expose where the money was? no, but more good thinking
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 9:48 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

How long after hiding the money did he die: seconds? minutes? hours? days? weeks? longer?
Is the cause of death relevant?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 9:53 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 09:48 pm:

How long after hiding the money did he die: seconds? minutes? this one hours? days? weeks? longer?
Is the cause of death relevant? he shot himself, and no
John Morahan (Wunderland)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 10:09 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Does it matter where the money was stolen from? how it was stolen? why?

Did he leave the money intending to come back for it later? to avoid being caught with it? to keep the police from getting it? to lighten his load so he could run faster? did he intend for the family to find it? someone else?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 10:56 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By John Morahan (Wunderland) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 10:09 pm:


Does it matter where the money was stolen from? no how it was stolen? no why? and no

Did he leave the money intending to come back for it later? that was probably his intention at the time, but he was cornered by the forcess of the Law and shot himself to avoid being caught with it? no to keep the police from getting it? perhaps that was also his intention to lighten his load so he could run faster? or this did he intend for the family to find it? no someone else? no
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 11:50 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did houses on the street planning to change wallpaper lead the thief to enter our family's house?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 12:43 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Arjun (Jun) on Wednesday, July 06, 2005 - 11:50 pm:

Did houses on the street planning to change wallpaper lead the thief to enter our family's house? yes, in a manner of speaking...
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 7:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the thief one of the workmen who was renovating other houses on the street?
Arjun (Jun)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 7:10 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would an outsider know just by looking at the houses that they were planning home improvements?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 8:03 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab) on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 07:03 am:

Was the thief one of the workmen who was renovating other houses on the street? no

By Arjun (Jun) on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 07:10 am:

Would an outsider know just by looking at the houses that they were planning home improvements? not the houses, but...
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 4:38 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Are you OK, David? I have read the news about the terrorist attack in London. I´m not in the mood for solving puzzles right now...
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 5:10 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I am safe and well, thank you. One of my friends, though, was not so lucky - he was seriously hurt in the explosion at Liverpool Street. It is an awful business. But life goes on.
Barbara Johannessen Bailey (Rabrab)
Posted on Thursday, July 07, 2005 - 5:15 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Glad to hear you're safe, David. Your friend is in my prayers.
Einar Berg (Grainbeer)
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:24 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did he understand that refurbishing would take place because he saw workmen´s vans in the street? Scaffolds? Gardeners? Building materials piled outside the houses?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:26 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Einar Berg (Grainbeer) on Tuesday, July 12, 2005 - 12:24 pm:

Did he understand that refurbishing would take place because he saw workmen´s vans in the street? the thief didn not actually care that refurbsishing was going to take place Scaffolds? Gardeners? Building materials piled outside the houses? but there was evidence, outside in the street, that this was so - not quite in the form of "builders' materials", but this is on the right track
Benjamin Moore (Zenith)
Posted on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 9:57 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

What is the time difference between the thief stashing the money in the house and the refurbishment and consequental discovery? During? less than 1 week? 1 month? Several months? a year? several years? a decade? longer?

Was the money stashed in a window frame?

Is Household A (the discoverers) 's proximity to Household B (the refurbishers) relevant? Are they next door? across the road? opposite ends of the block?

Was the money discovered in House A or House B?

Did the thief know the neihbourhood? was from the neihbourhood?

If the fortune was discovered in House B:
When a member of Household A perchanced upon this fortune, was he within Household B's house, on the street in front of it, or somewhere else?

Was any one from Household A involved in assisting B's refurbishment?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Wednesday, July 27, 2005 - 9:49 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Benjamin Moore (Zenith) on Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 09:57 am:

What is the time difference between the thief stashing the money in the house and the refurbishment and consequental discovery? history does not record for how long the money remained hidden before it was discovered During? less than 1 week? probably something like this, but it doesn't matter 1 month? Several months? a year? several years? a decade? longer?

Was the money stashed in a window frame? no

Is Household A (the discoverers) 's proximity to Household B (the refurbishers) relevant? not really, and there was more than one Household B Are they next door? across the road? opposite ends of the block? any and all of these

Was the money discovered in House A this one or House B?

Did the thief know the neihbourhood? yes was from the neihbourhood? yes

If the fortune was discovered in House B: it wasn't
When a member of Household A perchanced upon this fortune, was he within Household B's house, on the street in front of it, or somewhere else?

Was any one from Household A involved in assisting B's refurbishment? no
Tony (E20)
Posted on Saturday, August 06, 2005 - 6:13 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

The thief was from the neighbourhood, but no-one in the street knew him?

Did the family know that he had left the money? Did he communicate with the family in any way? If so, was it before he entered their house? while he was in the house? after he left their house?

The evidence of refurbishment that was outside and visible: a sign? a van? some other form of transport? ladders?
Tony (E20)
Posted on Friday, August 12, 2005 - 4:57 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

We've lost a few messages, so let's try a recap ...

There is one thief?
He has stolen some money (source irrelevant)?
He is being chased by the police?
He enters the home of a family, who know he is a thief because he is bing chased?
He communicates with the family while he is in the house?
... is the communication verbal?
... do the family agree to hide the money for him?
He hides the money in the brick walls of their house?
The precise location of the hiding place is irrelevant?
He later shoots himself?
The family then find the money and spend it?

Some nearby houses are planning some wallpapering?
There is a cart outside?
... does he steal the cart?
... does he steal something from the cart?
... is the cart relevant to thief entering the house at all?
... or is the cart's significance in the later discovery of the money rather than the hiding of it?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, August 15, 2005 - 8:00 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Tony (E20) on Friday, August 12, 2005 - 04:57 pm:

We've lost a few messages, so let's try a recap ... good idea :)

There is one thief? originally, there were two, but only one now concerns us
He has stolen some money (source irrelevant)? he had - it was, in fact, a wages snatch
He is being chased by the police? yes, and by public-spirited citizens as well
He enters the home of a family, who know he is a thief because he is bing chased? his entrance would have been something of a shock to them, but they may have grasped the situation
He communicates with the family while he is in the house? perhaps - not really relevant
... is the communication verbal? yes
... do the family agree to hide the money for him? no
He hides the money in the brick walls of their house? indeed - perhaps up the chimney
The precise location of the hiding place is irrelevant? it ps
He later shoots himself? indeed
The family then find the money and spend it? precisely so

Some nearby houses are planning some wallpapering? they are
There is a cart outside? there is
... does he steal the cart? no
... does he steal something from the cart? no
... is the cart relevant to thief entering the house at all? very much so
... or is the cart's significance in the later discovery of the money rather than the hiding of
it? no, except that were it not for the cart, the money could not have been hidden where it was hidden
Tony (E20)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 11:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Would his entry to the house be described as "forced" ... ie did he break in?

Did he enter the house through a door? a ground floor window? a first storey window? a higher window? down the chimney?

Did he use the cart to gain access to the house? Did he clamber onto the cart, thus enabling him to gain access through an access point which he otherwise could not have reached?

Did he touch the cart or any of its contents?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 4:40 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Tony (E20) on Tuesday, August 16, 2005 - 11:06 am:

Would his entry to the house be described as "forced" ... ie did he break in? no

Did he enter the house through a door? the front door a ground floor window? a first storey window? a higher window? down the chimney?

Did he use the cart to gain access to the house? not strictly, but were it not for the cart, he would not have gained access to the house Did he clamber onto the cart, thus enabling him to gain access through an access point which he otherwise could not have reached? no

Did he touch the cart or any of its contents? yes - very much so :)
Tony (E20)
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 10:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Was the front door closed immediately before the events of the puzzle?
Was the front door locked immediately before the events of the puzzle?
Did the thief open the front door himself?
Did one of the family open the front door?


Did he touch the cart?
Did he move the cart?
Was it a hand cart? a horse drawn cart? a motorised cart?

Did he touch any of the cart's contents?
Did he remove any of the contents from the cart?
Did he use any of the contents of the cart to gain access to the house?

Did he set fire to the cart to cause a distraction from his entry to the house?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Sunday, August 21, 2005 - 3:51 pm:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Tony (E20) on Wednesday, August 17, 2005 - 10:30 am:

Was the front door closed immediately before the events of the puzzle? probably, but this is not recorded and does not matter
Was the front door locked immediately before the events of the puzzle? no
Did the thief open the front door himself? probably
Did one of the family open the front door? no


Did he touch the cart? yes
Did he move the cart? strictly yes, but this may mislead
Was it a hand cart? this one a horse drawn cart? a motorised cart?

Did he touch any of the cart's contents? strictly no. but this may also mislead
Did he remove any of the contents from the cart? yesish
Did he use any of the contents of the cart to gain access to the house? no

Did he set fire to the cart to cause a distraction from his entry to the house? no, but this is very much in the right forest :)
Tony (E20)
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 7:24 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Did the cart move around the time of his entry to the house? If so how far ... cm? metres? kilometers?

Was it on a hill?

Could he have entered the house if the cart was not there?

Would another cart (say a butcher's cart) have provided the same possibility?

Was anyone else on the cart when he got there?
was anyone else near the cart when he got there?

Were the family aware of his entry as soon as he went in?
Did he hide the money before communicating with them?
David Burn (Woubit)
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 9:30 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

By Tony (E20) on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 07:24 am:

Did the cart move around the time of his entry to the house? no If so how far ... cm? metres? kilometers?

Was it on a hill? no

Could he have entered the house if the cart was not there? I am not quite sure what this means. The cart provided no physical barrier to his entering the house. But he would not, in the circumstances of the puzzle, have been able to enter the house if the cart had not been there. I hope this helps :)

Would another cart (say a butcher's cart) have provided the same possibility? not a butcher's cart. But a milkman's cart might have worked...

Was anyone else on the cart when he got there? no
was anyone else near the cart when he got there? a fair number of people

Were the family aware of his entry as soon as he went in? some members of the family were
Did he hide the money before communicating with them? this is not recorded, but he very probably did
Tony (E20)
Posted on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 10:06 am:   Edit PostDelete PostView Post/Check IPPrint Post   Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

So ... some carts would work and others wouldn't?

Is this because of the structure of the cart? Its contents? something else?

Did he use the cart in some way to interfere with his pursuers? Did he tip it up, spilling wallpaper paste all over the road so that they got stuck and couldn't follow him into the house (ACME Decorators Ltd! Meep, meep!)?
David Burn (Woubit)
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By Tony (E20) on Monday, August 22, 2005 - 10:06 am:


So ... some carts would work and others wouldn't? yes

Is this because of the structure of the cart? Its contents? this one something else?

Did he use the cart in some way to interfere with his pursuers? Did he tip it up, spilling wallpaper paste all over the road so that they got stuck and couldn't follow him into the house (ACME Decorators Ltd! Meep, meep!)? exactly and precisely so :)

***** SPOILER *****

This is the story of the "Tottenham Outrage", which happened in north London almost a hundred years ago.

PC William Tyler and 10-year-old Ralph Joscelyne were murdered and 21 people injured by two "anarchist" robbers trying to escape after a wages snatch. Paul Hefeld and Jacob Lepidus were Latvian immigrants who stole the wages from Schnurrman's rubber factory on the corner of Tottenham High Road and Chesnut Road on 23 January 1909.

The two were armed with pistols, and when the car carrying the wages clerk drew up, they seized the cash bag and shot at the driver and a passing stoker who tried to restrain Lepidus. The shots brought reserve constables William Tyler and Albert Newman running from the police station, later joined by officers from the nearby section house on bicycles, and thus began the long chase during which the anarchists would fire over 400 rounds at their many pursuers.

At Mitchley Road Mission Hall, PC Newman urged the driver to try to run down the gunmen with the wages car. In response, Lepidus and Hefeld shot and injured Newman and the chauffeur, and shot little Ralph Joscelyne as he ran for the cover of the car. The boy was rushed to hospital, but pronounced dead on arrival. Police in the station now smashed open the locked firearms cupboard to bring pistols to the pursuit.

At a railway footbridge leading to Tottenham Marshes, PC Tyler took advantage of the wall cutting off Lepidus and Hefeld's view to race over common ground and catch up with them. Hefeld deliberately shot him in the face at point-blank range. Tyler bled to death in the scullery of a nearby cottage.

The chase became almost farcical as the two men commandeered a tram and forced the conductor to drive it when the driver hid upstairs. The police commandeered a tram going in the opposite direction and made it reverse after them, the occupants of the two trams firing ineffective shots at each other. The conductor got rid of his unwanted passengers by warning them there was a police station round the corner.

The gunmen tumbled out and commandeered a parked milk van, immediately wrecking it by cornering too fast. They then stole a parked greengrocer's van, but could not force the horse into more than the slowest of ambles because they had omitted to release the brake.

The two men then abandoned the van and ran along a path beside Chingford Brook. When the path petered out, leaving them trapped by a high fence, Lepidus scrambled over it. Hefeld was exhausted, and seeing he was about to be arrested, shot himself in the head. He was taken to hospital where he refused to speak until he died three weeks later, with the uninformative remark "My mother is in Riga."

Lepidus, meanwhile, ran into a street where a decorator's cart stood in front of a row of small cottages - some of the residents were planning home improvements. With his last ounce of strength, he overturned the cart, causing his pursuers to slip and fall on the wallpaper paste that spilled into the road.

This bought Lepidus time to barricade himself into the bedroom of Oak Cottage. But the police soon extricated themselves from the paste, and as they fired shots at Lepidus through the lokced bedroom door, he used his last bullet to end his own life.


This tragic story had a happy ending for only one group of people. The humble family that lived in Oak Cottage were soon able to move into rather grander premises in another part of town. It is almost certain that Lepidus had concealed the loot from the wages snatch in the bedroom of the cottage, where it was later discovered by one of the family. Home improvements enriched them.

Thanks for... er... sticking with this, Tony :)

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